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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

My Addiction - Part 2

OK, here are some shows that I really really really don't like (either for creative reasons, or simple viewer-bias and distaste).

Home and Away
Survivor
Dancing with the Stars
McLeod's Daughters
Hey Dad!
The Alice
All Saints
The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
The Jerry Springer Show
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Current Affairs shows
American daytime soaps
The Bill
(although I gave this a red-hot go for a while there)



And here are a few additions to yesterday's list of favourites. (Thanks to Clokeeeey for reminding me about some of them!) They all go somewhere in the middle of the list:

Live & Sweaty
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton
The Dream with Roy & HG
Club Buggery
The Memphis Trousers Half Hour
Animaniacs
Not The Nine O'Clock News
Kingswood Country
Good Morning Australia with Bert Newton
In Melbourne Tonight with Graham Kennedy
Coast To Coast
Blankety Blanks
AstroBoy
Roger Ramjet
Danger Mouse



If I think of any more to add to either list as I continue with this TV Addiction theme, I'll let you know. Stay tuned for Part 3 in the coming days, where I'll go into what it is about the shows I love that make me love them. It's not all about what I enjoy watching, plotwise. Usually it's style and cinematography skill.

18 Comments:

At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 2:14:00 pm, Blogger Peter said...

Bring it on, I say.

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 3:39:00 pm, Anonymous Til said...

Ok, a couple of personal favourites overlooked....

Father Ted- it was a while ago now but timeless in its comedy.

Twin Peaks- needs no explanation!

Blackbooks- I think the piano lesson episode is brilliant!

ER- It seems to have been swept aside by House but i still think Dr. Greens death was the saddest piece of television ever.... Yes even sadder then Madges death!

Favourite buffy episodes, a tough one... I think ill have to be predictable and go 'Hush' or 'Once more with feeling'

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 5:54:00 pm, Blogger sheriff of nothing said...

but everybody needs good neighbours

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 7:28:00 pm, Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

hi bevis. i scanned your lists. was the kenny everett video show on either? berry pluckin funny. also do you remember it's about time? same era as i dream of jeannie, etc. about two astronauts marooned on a desert isle, which has cavepeople on it. i remember gronk as one cave guy. NO ONE REMEMBERS THIS SHOW. through my life i have, on occasion, not with everyone i meet, mind you, asked people if they remember it. no one does. is there anyone out there that can validate this for me, that it existed? then i might be able to move on, knowing i haven't fabricated it all.

on i dream of jeannie, i had a big crush on tony, and my mum made me a jeannie outfit, completed with an ice-cream container with a hole cut in it for my pony tail. i used to wish i would wake up in the morning and there would be a bottle next to my bed, just like jeannie's. i LOVED that show.

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 8:31:00 pm, Blogger Clokeeeey! said...

More I thought of.

Ftroop, (what the huckawe)
Gigantor,
The Thunderbirds, (how could I forget, I used to wake up at 6am just to watch it).
Adams Family,
The Munsters,
Twin Peaks, (Thanks til) Fire, walk with me.
X-files.

There are going to be more.

PS: Wheres the silky spam? You promised some, I can't see it.

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 8:47:00 pm, Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

has mchale's navy been mentioned, and hogan's heroes i bet is there somewhere.

blankety blanks? perfect match?

i'm really showing my age.

bevis, can i ask. why the hatred for survivor. i am over it now, but loved it for several seasons.

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 8:47:00 pm, Blogger Clokeeeey! said...

OH and I forgot "Pardon the interuption", only on ESPN.

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 9:16:00 pm, Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

welcome back kotter
are you being served
please sir
benny hill
number 96
prisoner
(these were all good. i think.)

sorry i'm just rattling them off, perhaps they are listed already

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 9:37:00 pm, Blogger Clokeeeey! said...

What about all those crappy "down under" version of English shows?
Father knows best, down under.
Are you be served, down under.
Doctor, down under.

They were all a bit sad. sad as in pathetic.

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 10:48:00 pm, Blogger BEVIS said...

Ha! You two crack me up! :)

Time doesn't permit me to answer all of these questions tonight - I will try to response to all of these points (everyone's comments, not just the oft-commenting MelbourneGirl and Clokeeeey) during the day tomorrow at some point.

Thanks for your comments, all!

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 10:56:00 pm, Blogger Clokeeeey! said...

Keeping up Appearances,
AND, On the buses.

They just keep on coming.

I gave "The Bill" a shot too, but it just couldn't keep the interest up.

If there is one topic I can go on and on and on about, it's TV.

word verif = yifee....

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:12:00 pm, Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

i am claiming the partridge family for my own and will write a post on it. maybe.

mr ed


and i think everyone's forgotten

NIGHT STALKER
AUNTY JACK
SKIPPY
and
ADVENTURE ISLAND

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:12:00 pm, Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

a country practice?
young doctors

...

what's that?

GOOD tv shows?

oh, i thought we were listing ALL of them

 
At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:34:00 pm, Blogger Clokeeeey! said...

I recently saw a post about over-commenting and how it looks bad.

oh dear....

um....

so-so list :-
Fantasy Island,
The Love Boat,
Six Million Dollar man,
Charlies Angels,

 
At Wednesday, November 16, 2005 3:26:00 pm, Blogger BEVIS said...

Whoa, you guys are crazy!

Peter, sorry - you'll have to wait a bit until things quieten down around here and I can spend some time putting the next part together. Thanks for being keen, though!

Til, I must confess to not having enjoyed Father Ted very much. And although my brother raves about it, I haven't really watched much of Black Books, either. Now, even though I'm not a crazed fan of either show, I'm happy for both ER and Twin Peaks to be added to the list (for reasons I will go into in a future Part of this TV Addiction multi-post). The only full episode of ER that I've ever watched from start to finish was the one with Dr Green's death, and I agree it was very well done. As for your favourite Buffy episode, there's nothing boring about choosing either of the two you picked - there's a perfectly good reason they're such favourites across the board - many, many people loved them. They're amongst my faves too.

Sheriff of Nothing, well said. "With a little understanding", is a notion I'd care to add. And that is, after all, when good neighbours become good friends -- wouldn't you agree?

I'll answer MelbourneGirl and Clokeeeey tomorrow. I've half-drafted a response to each of their points, but as they made so many, there's a fair bit still to go. :)

 
At Wednesday, November 16, 2005 5:45:00 pm, Anonymous sbr said...

Hang on - no Futurama?!?!

 
At Wednesday, November 16, 2005 10:20:00 pm, Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

clokey, what are you talking about? those four were never missed at one stage for me. ALL OF THEM WATCHED RELIGIOUSLY EACH WEEK.

what about different strokes, family ties, 30 something

[feels inside barrel. fingernails are long. they are scratching the wood. keeps trying. breaks a nail.]

 
At Thursday, November 17, 2005 9:57:00 am, Blogger BEVIS said...

SBR - Nope, no Futurama. A friend of mine is quite into the show, and I don't really have a problem with it as such, but I see nothing original or ground-breaking about it - and when you couple that together with me barely having watched an episode and not being wooed by it, I come up with nothing that makes me want to list it here.

Part 3 of this multi-post (which is expected to appear here today) may help to clarify my thoughts on the above.

MelbourneGirl, I think you're looking for this show. Sounds like it didn't last very long, so I'm amazed we even got it out here. But you did well to remember it! As for I Dream of Jeannie, Blankety Blanks and so on, they're on my list already. And I thought I'd listed Hogan's heroes, but now I'm having trouble finding it again, so maybe I accidentally left it off. But I didn't have The Kenny Everett Show, Perfect Match or McHale's Navy. They never did anything for me (I think I was too young to find Kenny Everett funny, and the others seemed boring). I'd love to see a picture of you in Jeannie's outfit! (When you were that age, I mean.) How adorable!

Most of the other shows you mentioned never caught my attention very much (although some episodes of Skippy are hilarious now!!). Naturally, you're very welcome to write whatever you like about The Partridge Family or any other show that you'd like to.

As for Survivor, it's just something that really didn't interest me. Perhaps it had something to do with my really, really, really awful Outward Bound experience as a teenager in a new school who was put in a group with a bunch of bullies in Year 10 and made to go camping and orienteering, etc, with them. Perhaps it was the way it took the idea of reality television and made it a real dog-eat-dog fest of back-stabbing, cruelty, bullying, intimidation, gossiping and discomfort. Perhaps it was all these things when nothing else of the same calibre existed to give it context.

I'm happy to admit that the show was a trail-blazer, but it really left a bad taste in my mouth, even though I acknowledge that it was probably based on issues I have with my teenage years. But as far as selecting a show to watch of my own free will, an angsty, often nasty constant reminder of ten of the worst days of my life is not something I flocked to.

You're allowed to love it (Wifey does and tries not to miss an episode; I just don't watch it with her), but it won't be appearing on my list of favourites. :)

Clokeeeey,I'll agree that The Addams Family and The Munsters are classic TV gold, and I've already acknowledged Twin Peaks, so I guess The X-Files is one of those ground-breaking shows that I should list, even though I was never a personal fan. The Thunderbirds, too. But I don't agree with the others you mentioned, personally.

When I post Part 3, you'll have a little more context for the lists I drafted, and what a show has to achieve (for me), before it made those lists.

As for the Spammy Spam Spam, keep looking. It's here somewhere. :)

 

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